Generation Putnam, founded in 2009, is made up of motivated and energetic young professionals who are destined to become the area’s future leaders. Generation Putnam encourages members to get involved and make a difference by becoming active participants in the professional, civic, and social aspects of our area. Generation Putnam accomplishes this through various community outreach, professional development, and networking activities. Moreover, the group is active in helping to create legislative policy. As part of its initiatives in 2011, Generation Putnam will continue its focus on promoting healthy lifestyles and continuing to combat the problem of childhood obesity. Generation Putnam is a committee of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and is affiliated with Generation West Virginia. Generation Putnam is governed by seven officers: a Director, Immediate Past Director, Assistant Director, Secretary/Treasurer, Networking Chair,Professional Development Chair, and Community Outreach Chair. Officers serve one year terms.
- GP holds monthly professional development/business meetings. Past meetings have included guest speakers such as West Virginia Secretary of State, Natalie Tennant (politics); Chuck Stump (teamwork/leadership); Jason Hager (networking); Emily Bennington (personal branding); and Joe and Jon DeGroff (retirement planning).
- GP holds monthly “Cheers” social events at various businesses/locations around Putnam County, including a summertime “family friendly” picnic. One popular event featured an interactive sushi-making demonstration.
- In September 2010, GP representatives attended Governor Manchin’s proclamation signing making October 2nd through the 9th “Healthy Kids Healthy West Virginia Week.” GP then hosted a series of events in Putnam County that week, including healthy cooking and physical fitness demonstrations.
- GP organized and administered the 1st and 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular 5Ks in October 2009 and 2010, with proceeds benefitting the Putnam County Animal Shelter Relief Fund (2009) and the Appalachian Reading Center, Inc. (2010).
- Members of Generation Putnam attended Generation West Virginia’s Day at the Legislature in January 2010 and 2011 for leadership training, legislative education, and networking. GP Representatives also met with our local legislators to discuss issues concerning Putnam County.
- Generation Putnam’s affiliation with Generation West Virginia allows for opportunities to work in partnership with other young professional groups from across the state.
- In 2009, GP helped Christmas for Kids in the Community collect toys, clothing, and food items.
- In January 2011, Generation Putnam launched its Blog to help keep help keep members updated on the latest GP news and events. The blog is available at www.generationputnam.org.